English Posies and Posy Rings,
by Dame Joan Evans
A facsimile reproduction of Dame Joan Evans' comprehensive study of Posy rings, first published
by the Oxford University Press in 1931.
The book is the only study devoted solely to Posies and Posy rings. It describes their origins and the evolutions of different forms.
It contains an extensive list of inscriptions beginning with early Lombardic examples, progressing through 'Black Letter'
engravings to those in Roman Capital and italicised scripts. Dame Joan was a distinguished Antiquarian
and president of the Society of Antiquarians.
Posy rings are an important form of antique finger ring. They derive their name from the word 'poesy' meaning short
rhyme, as the rings were engraved with rhyming messages of one or two lines. The inscriptions are often in elaborate scripts, containing
motifs and decorated with enamel. They were popular from the late medieval period onwards and were used to communicate
sentiments of friendship, loyalty and most frequently love. Samuel Pepys mentions them in his diary and
Shakespeare referred to them in his plays, notably in Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.
The Antique Collector's Club
Hardback, 148 pages
Available in book shops and for personal collection from
Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4DE.